Biography of Toukie Smith
Toukie A. Smith (born Doris Smith April 25, 1952 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), is an African American actress and model. Smith is the sister of late fashion designer Willi Smith and former long-term partner of actor Robert De Niro, with whom she has two sons. She is best known for her role as "Eva Rawley" for one season on the NBC sitcom 227. Her other credits include Talkin' Dirty After Dark, Joe's Apartment, and The Preacher's Wife.
Smith started her career in the 1970s as a model, working for such brands as Chanel, Versace, Geoffrey Beene, Issey Miyake, Norma Kamali, Thierry Mugler, and Patrick Kelly. She also had a successful print career, including a photo campaign for Yves St. Laurent as well as appearances in Vogue, ELLE, Ebony, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Seventeen magazines.
In 1978, Smith was named Bloomingdale's Model of the Year and became the first African-American model to have a mannequin designed in her likeness.